Romas Viesulas was a master artist-printmaker and educator born in Lithuania in 1918. He graduated from École des Arts et Metiers, Freiburg, Germany, and studied at the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France. He immigrated to the United States and found work painting church murals in Chicago. He then moved to New York City, where he met Robert Blackburn at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. Viesulas moved to Philadelphia and became professor and chair of printmaking at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University; he served at Tyler from 1961 to 1986.
Viesulas received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Graphic Arts in Paris, France, and Spain. He was also the first American artist to receive a fellowship in lithography from Tamarind Institute, Los Angeles, CA. Viesulas was the U.S. artist-in-residence at the Venice Biennale Workshop (the only printmaker to receive the honor) and at the International Art Workshop, Barcelona, Spain.
Viesulas’ work has been exhibited in France, Yugoslavia, Germany, England, Poland, Norway, Hungary, Austria, Ireland, Canada, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, Chile, Greece, United Arab Republic (now Egypt and Syria), Lebanon, Morocco, Pakistan, Australia, Japan, and the United States. His art is in public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura, Japan; University of Vilnius Library, Lithuania; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Harvard University Library, Cambridge, MA; and the University of Texas, Austin.
Viesulas' native Lithuania honored his 100th birthday with a retrospective exhibition at the National Gallery, Vilnius, in 2018.
—From Brandywine Workshop and Archives records